Archive for June, 2011

Hawaiian Pups- Split Second Precision 12” & Spook Opera 7”

Posted in 1980s, 1983, new wave, new york city, synthpop, US on June 29, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Here’s another record from Greg’s personal stash. Some unexpectedly excellent new wave to be found on this 12”. Playful and strange melodies to be found left and right, with a slightly dark edge and plenty of pop veneer to keep things grounded. My favorite track here is the sultry and moody “Trash” though “Baby Judy” attracted a fair amount of college radio attention in its heyday. It appears here in two forms, as a single mix and extended mix. That particular track kind of reminds me of Berlin Express’ “The Russians are Coming” with a little bit of Devo mixed in for good measure.

The three piece band was from New York City (hometown represent). This 1983 single (which can still be had at a reasonable price, for all aspiring collectors) was preceded by a scarce promo-only 7”, released on Halloween in 1982. I’ve included that track below as an added bonus.

Hawaiian Pups- Split Second Precision 12”
1. Infinite Roads
2. Trash
3. Young Boys
4. Baby Judy
5. Baby Judy (Extended Version)
6. Overture To Young Boys*

Hawaiian Pups- Spook Opera 7”
1. Spook Opera

*download both here*

*Tracks 5 & 6 bleed into each other, so I’ve ripped them as one long track.

Berlin Blondes- Berlin Blondes LP

Posted in 1980, 1980s, berlin blondes, new wave, scottish, synth on June 27, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

This week, I’ll be posting a handful of records donated by a kind reader of this blog, who loaned me a few pieces from his prized collection. Thanks, Greg!

First up we have a record that’s been posted and ripped in the past, but always at a low bitrate or quality. So pardon the redundancy, but here it is in high quality, 320 kbps form. This particular LP hails from Scotland and was released on EMI in 1980. This band was notoriously the launching pad for David Rudden, who left just as the band was getting signed to form Endgames. Jim Spender also would go on to join Altered Images after this LP while the remaining members would release one more 7” before disbanding.

The LP was produced by Mike Thorne, who should need no introduction for fans of early Wire, Soft Cell, Bronski Beat, Furniture, Blur, and B-Movie, just to name a few. Quite an impressive resume!

Continuing with the name-dropping, this record should feel right at home for fans of Foxx-era Ultravox, Visage, Gary Numan, and the Bowie/Iggy sound. A little bit of tarted up synth-driven rock very suited for the era, and perhaps a little pastiche at the turn of the decade, but still a cool record worthy of being unearthed. Here’s the info:

Berlin Blondes- Berlin Blondes LP
1. Framework
2. Astro
3. Science
4. Romance
5. Trail To Istanbul
6. Secret Days
7. Mannequinn
8. Neon Probe
9. Zero Song

*download it here*

Stay tuned for more from Greg’s collection, including a rare, private tape release!

Kissing the Pink- The Last Film & Watching Their Eyes 12”

Posted in 1980s, 1982, 1983, kissing the pink, new wave, synth, uk synthpop on June 23, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Merely uploading this one for a few friends who inquired at the Wierd party last night, when none other than the inimitable Sean McBride (aka Martial Canterel) dropped it during his set. Here we have the seminal Kissing the Pink track “The Last Film,” a haunting military-driven tune that cracked the top 20 during the band’s earlier years. It appears here in club form, and I believe this version, while stellar, has not been featured around these parts.

The single can still be had for an affordable price- in fact I’ve seen a handful of copies kicking around NYC for any interested and local parties!

As an added bonus, I’ve also uploaded the Watching Their Eyes 12”, my personal favorite track of the band’s, which features an alternate club mix and an exclusive b-side. Here’s the contents:

Kissing the Pink- The Last Film 12” (1983)
1. The Last Film (Extended Version)
2. Shine

*Note: Track 3 from this 12” (the Hymn version of “The Last Film”) has already been included as part of the Naked LP, so I’ve purposely left it out. Click here to grab the whole LP.

Kissing the Pink- Watching Their Eyes 12” (1982)
1. Watching Their Eyes (Club Mix)
2. In Awe of Industry

*download both here*

In case you missed it, the link for Naked should still be up and running from way back in the archives. Don’t hesitate to check out one of the most innovative new wave records this side of the commercial spectrum! Stay tuned for more goodies next week, as I’ve got a bunch of ripping to attend to this weekend.

Samedi- Between Two Hearts 7”

Posted in 1980s, 1987, minimal synth, new wave, Samedi, swedish, synthpop on June 22, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

I’m pleased to offer the first Samedi 7”, a true Swedish synth masterpiece. You may have heard the a-side on the Retronics compilation, chock full of similar gems. I also posted their 1989 full length almost two years ago. However, the b-side to this 7” has remained unheard until now, and is a nice, short and energetic minimal synth track that should please quite a few ears.

Without any further ado, here’s the info:

Samedi- Between Two Hearts 7”
1. Between Two Hearts
2. World

*download it here*

Turo- Agent Orange LP

Posted in 1980s, 1982, german, krautrock, matthias thurow, minimal synth, NDW, prog, turo on June 20, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Up on the slab we have the lone LP from Turo, a krautrock/NDW release that should be right at home for fans of the more oddball minimal synth sound. This particular LP hails from 1982 and was the brainchild of Matthias Thurow, who also operated under the pseudonym “Tales of Mr. E.” This LP was predated by a 1980 release on the same label (Biber Records) under the name Turo’s Tutti, but that’s not all. Thurow’s career dates back to the 1970s, as a member of Eulenspygel, a German prog band with a handful of releases under their belt.

Fans of P!off?, Neuland, and Silvia should find lots to love here. Some really strange, moody, and wonderful stuff on this LP, counterbalanced with a few repetitive dance-oriented pieces and straight up pop tunes. There’s even a song on here that reminds me of I’m Your Man-era Leonard Cohen, and that’s pretty darn cool!

Needless to say, it’s very difficult to put your finger on this one, but it’s definitely worth a listen or two or three. Enjoy!

Turo- Agent Orange LP
1. Agent Orange
2. Ich Will Hier Raus
3. Unterwegs
4. Es Ist Soweit
5. Bei Mir
6. Lang Hin
7. Was Denkst Du Denn Wer Du Bist
8. Komm Wir Gehn Hier Weg
9. Hey Du
10. Brüderchen Und Schwesterchen

*download it here*

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While I have your attention, might I direct you all here, as well? For fans of the French coldwave sound, I’ve been active in a band called Dream Affair (yep, named after this 12”). Our debut LP is currently available in digital formats and will be out on vinyl via AVANT records on June 27th. Exclusive tune here!

Sorry for the shameless promotion, but I promise to make up for it with lots and lots of goodies to come over the next few weeks. Please, mr. postman…

Nuit D’Octobre- Tempêtes CD

Posted in 1990s, 1992, coldwave, goth, nuit d'octobre, post-punk, swiss, switzerland on June 15, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Here’s another great coldwave release from the 1990s. Technically, this band hails from Switzerland, but employ the French coldwave sound of the 80s and early 90s so very well that they almost had me fooled, mostly because of all the French titles and references. Highly recommended for fans of Gestalt, Résistance, Mémoires D’automne, Lucie Cries, etc.

This is the six piece band’s first LP, released in 1992. As far as I can tell, they have one more single (date unknown), a single-sided cassette, and a handful of VHS releases under their belt. Here’s the info for this gem:

Nuit D’Octobre- Tempêtes CD
1. La Ballade De Jones
2. Le Voile Des Années
3. Eclusiers De Brouillard
4. Pastel Et Poésie
5. Le Fanfaron Gris
6. Comme Un Orage
7. La Horde Noire
8. Récifs
9. La Valse Aux Adieux

*download it here*

Expect some more synthy/club oriented things to follow over the next few weeks!

Dawn Fades- Fucking Face CD

Posted in 1990s, 1995, coldwave, goth, italian, post-punk on June 13, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Now here’s one that I’ve loved since the first time I heard it many moons ago, during the early phase of the Wierd Records party. It’s since become a DJ favorite here as well, and never fails to kick things up a notch. Great driving Italian coldwave-styled post-punk here, four tracks long. Aggressive, hard hitting, and chock full of incisive guitars and moody synths, just the way I like it. Reminds me a bit of Lucie Cries, for anyone looking for comparisons/touchstones.

The four piece band formed in 1992, taking their name from the infamous Joy Division track, and this debut CD was released in 1995. It was followed by one full length LP in 1997, just before the band split. However, they can be found on Facebook, for all curious parties.

Here’s the info for this killer disc.

Dawn Fades- Fucking Face CD
1. Fucking Face
2. Sonic Head
3. Not My Life
4. Sixteen Days

*download it here*

Track four is indeed a live cover of the Modern English favorite!

Lulabox- Lulabox CD

Posted in 1990s, 1992, alternative, goth, lulabox, shoegaze on June 9, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Here’s another post that ties in with the last one, only this time I have a more nostalgic connection to this record, as I loved it way back when and have recently rediscovered it, so to speak. I actually first heard the single and leadoff track from this record as part of the Pet Sematary II soundtrack, a pretty rotten (but kind of a guilty pleasure) flick with several alternative/shoegaze/etc. songs backing it. I was hooked from the get-go, and also fell pretty hard for the Mary Chain’s “Reverence” as well. Nothing like a 10 year old singing “I wanna die just like Jesus Christ” around the house…

Most notably, this three piece project featured guitar contributions from Michael Cozzi, who was active in Shriekback and Lively Art mainstay Sky Cries Mary. I believe the band was based in the US, and had a sound similar to Lush, Curve, etc. Plenty of hooks and electronically driven fuzzed out bliss to be had here throughout the entire LP, which was released in 1992. Here’s the details:

Lulabox- Lulabox CD
1. Ride On
2. Love Street
3. I Believe
4. Ivory Hill
5. Prayer For Rain
6. Choked
7. Wild Cherry Bark
8. Giving It All Away
9. Precious Thing
10. Ava
11. Ride On (Velocity Mix)
12. I Believe (Below The Belt Mix)

*download it here*

The band seemed to have some major promotion behind them, as three videos exist for this album. You can click the embedded link for “Ride On,” the song that started my adolescent obsession with this LP. You can also catch the video for “Choke” here and “I Believe” here .

Sunshot- Caughtintheactofenjoyingourselves LP

Posted in 1990s, 1992, goth, goth-rock, shoegaze, sunshot on June 7, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Going to dip into the 1990s for a little bit here. Don’t be scared, gentle readers, it’s all going to be ok.

The 1990s may have been the breeding ground for a lot of awful, awful music (and a lot of stuff I can’t quite let go, considering it was the decade in which I spent my adolescence), but there are some excellent gems to be found, even if they’re more few and far between. A few that ring a bell are Derriere Le Miroir, Sunshine Blind, and the incredible Requiem In White, all worth a peek for those unfamiliar.

I have three posts lined up, all from the 1990s. One is a coldwave classic (we’ll get to that one very soon, I promise) and the other two flirt a bit more with shoegaze, by far the best genre to come out of the decade. Today’s band has already been featured on the excellent Return to the East blog, and here’s their full length LP from 1992, a continuation of some of the great sounds heard on the EPs. Quite a few of the tracks from those EPs also appear here, alongside a few other gems. Touchstones, as previously mentioned, include The Young Gods, Sisters of Mercy, and Curve. I can’t get enough of this record and I hope you all enjoy the slight change of pace.

Sunshot- Caughtintheactofenjoyingourselves LP
1. Nasties
2. She Says
3. Big Mistake
4. Stop Me
5. Baby Doll
6. Happy Ever After
7. Playtime
8. Twisting
9. Lose My Grip
10. Brainstorm
11. Tank

*download it here*

Opéra De Nuit- Opéra De Nuit LP (Revisited)

Posted in 1988, coldwave, french, goth-rock, minimal synth, new wave, opera de nuit, synth on June 2, 2011 by Frankie Teardrop

Another “looking back” entry. Re-ripped and cleaned up this particular French gem as well, vastly improved sound quality and fidelity to be found within! A few clicks and pops of course, but shouldn’t be too distracting and should serve as a definite improvement over the previous versions.

What else can I say about this record that hasn’t already been said before? Absolute masterpiece, every track here is a winner. I might go so far as to say it’s my favorite French LP, which is an awfully bold statement for a blog originally focused on the coldwave/touching pop movement.

I also have a copy of the scarce Amour Noir 12” coming in the mail, so if that copy sounds better than the previous upload, you can expect the same treatment to follow. In case you missed it the first time around, you can read more about the band here. Don’t let this one pass by!

Opéra De Nuit- Opéra De Nuit LP
1. Boris Transylvania Camp
2. L’appel du Froid
3. Larmes de Sang
4. Annabella
5. Invitation
5. Jeu Damné
6. Rebelle-Rebelle
7. Ami Amant

*download it here*